SAVE THE DATE!
The 2019 Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday, April 20th!
Registration applications are not yet available but check back here or stay up-to-date with any announcements by following us on Facebook and/or Instagram!
Lots of Information below including transportation suggestions, parking options, food foraging tours (preregister please!) , stage performance schedule, information on our E-Waste Drive/Textile Drop Off, mulching demo schedule, drum circle schedule, and our new SustainaBabies booth (sustainability can never start too soon!).
If you are using GPS, coordinates are 41.1557° N, 73.8699° W.
The physical address is:Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Westerly Road,Ossining, NY 10562
We look forward to having you join us as an attendee.
Follow us on our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on activities, shuttle bus info, stage schedule, e-waste and textile drop off, and a bunch of other things including vendor profiles! https://www.facebook.com/events/403996773281483/.
If you are attending from outside of Ossining, we encourage you to take Metro North to the Ossining Train Station for easy-on/easy-off . Reduce your carbon footprint using mass transit.
FOOD FORAGING EXPERT RETURNS TO OSSINING FOR EARTH DAY (4/21)! ***IMPORTANT***ADVANCE* TICKET*PURCHASE PREFERRED
With our Green Ossining’s 8th Annual Earth Day Festival celebrating and showing sustainability, we thought it would be great to invite our friend, Naturalist Wildman Steve Brill back to show folks how to forage. Food foraging is not just about searching for wild food resources., its also about being outside and cultivating an intimate appreciation of nature, as well as re-connecting with nature.
Steve is a sought-after and re-known environmental educator with a lengthy resume of impressive accolades and positions. He regularly performs foraging tours throughout NYC ,Westchester County and Connecticut, and when available, he brings his 10-year old foraging expert daughter, Violet, as a co-lead.Steve’s Mission: He teaches adults and kids about the many common, overlooked, renewable wild edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms that people often destroy as “weeds.” By studying foraging and participating in nature in this non-destructive manner, we can increase our enjoyment of nature, grow healthier, and reaffirm our commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches.
WHERE/WHEN/WHAT WE’LL FORAGE
We’ll meet at Crawbuckie Nature Preserve where varied habitats provides more than enough common, renewable wild foods to keep everyone busy for an hour. Grassy areas will provide a plethora of delicious, edible lawn “weeds.” We should find chickweed, which tastes like corn, lemony-flavored sheep sorrel and wood sorrel, sweet violets, savory dandelions, field garlic (a superior member of the onion/garlic family), and related day-lilies, which also have a bite. Other spicy greens in the grass or in the woods include poor man’s pepper, hairy bittercress, and garlic mustard, all members of the mustard family.
Overgrown areas could harbor a variety of root vegetables. We’ll almost certainly find the huge leaves of burdock, with an edible root that tastes like artichokes and potatoes. We could also find sweet wild parsnips, garden escapees that taste even better than their commercial forerunners, plus flavorful wild carrots, a.k.a. Queen Anne’s Lace. The feral version of this European vegetable is more flavorful and chewy than the commercial strain, making it especially suitable for carrot cakes, soups, and cookies.
In the woods, we’ll find jewelweed, a major medicinal herb with juice that relieves a variety of skin irritations, from curing insect bites to preventing poison ivy rash. We’ll find black birch, which contains oil of wintergreen, a low-dose aspirin precursor that makes outstanding tea and an exotic flavoring for pudding and homemade ice cream. There will probably be plenty of sassafras, a renewable tree you can use to make tea, root beer, gumbo, and use an exotic sweet seasoning.If it’s rained beforehand, we could find the season’s first gourmet wild mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms, enokis, and tree ear mushrooms all may appear early in the season.
Learn more about “Wildman,” Violet, and foraging at http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com
WHEN: Saturday, April 21st. Two tours: 9a-10a and 2p-3p. Plan to arrive at Crawbuckie 15 minutes before each Tour begins.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
– Bags for vegetables and herbs
– Paper bags for mushrooms
– plastic containers for berries
– Drinking water
– Pen (to sign in)
– Proper footwear (NO SANDALS, as there may be poison ivy, bugs, and thorns)
– Work gloves
– Whistle (so you don’t get lost)
– Insect repellent
– Sun hat or warm hat
– Extra sweater
– Rain gear/boots if necessary
– Absolutely NO SMOKING AT ANY TIME!
– Listen to the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Bring one more layer of clothing than you think you’ll need in cold weather.
– Children of all ages are encouraged to attend and learn to understand and love their planet.
Contact email@example.com or contact “Wildman” at (914) 835-2153
Children Under 12: $10
Participation is limited. Please register by filling out the form here: Wildman Foraging Tours. Any issues with the form, please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
PARKING and SHUTTLE BUS ROUTE
If you are not walking or taking Metro North, and plan to drive to the Festival, please park in one of the public lots and either walk or take our Karma Loop shuttle (courtesy of Ossining Recreation and Parks) which stops at the Rec Center lot and Market Square and will loop from Engel Park back to those locations throughout the day. We also advise folks not to attempt to Park on the River side of the Ossining Train station to avoid limited parking and potential traffic jams. Special thanks to Manny Quezada for creating this map to help folks get around more easily!
STAGE LINE-UP AND SCHEDULE
EWASTE DRIVE AND TEXTILE DROP OFF
And while we are promoting how to deal with waste…be sure to stop by the Ossining Lawnmower tent to see one of two leaf mulching demos at 12:15p and 3:30p. Leaf mulching provides nutrients to the soil and can help avoid the need to blow leaves which is often done with gas blowers with collateral damage to people and the planet!
You’re never too young to start caring for our Earth! This year, Green Ossining is proud to introduce SustainaBabies, a series of interactive discussions throughout the day on how to raise babies more sustainably. Stop by the Green Ossining tent to learn more from local experts on how you can reduce your baby’s carbon footprint, share your best practices, and try new products. Certified postpartum doula Katherine Whiteside, who leads Ossining Public Library’s New Moms & Infants Support Group, will also be on hand in the afternoon to answer all of your baby questions.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Reducing Plastic Use
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Sustainable Play
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Natural Skincare
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Green Cleaning
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Swapping, Donating, and Sharing Baby Goods
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Earth-Friendly Feeding
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Cloth Diapering
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Babywearing
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Growing and Making Your Own Baby Food
GREEN OSSINING’S 8th ANNUAL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL PLANNING IS WELL UNDERWAY! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Save-the-Date:Saturday, April 21, 2018. 10am-5pm.
**If you are interested in the day’s events as an attendee – follow us on our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on activities, shuttle bus info, stage schedule, e-waste and textile drop off, and a bunch of other things including vendor profiles!** https://www.facebook.com/events/403996773281483/.
The Festival is hosted and organized by Green Ossining with the assistance of the Town and Village of Ossining. This year’s sponsors include SBS Printing and Shipping, Mike Risko Music, Good Choice Kitchen, Fable: From Farm to Table, Suburban Carting, Dunkin Kehn, Sing Sing Kill Brewery, Captain Lawrence, and Six Degrees of Separation. Stay tuned for more updates and about other special events happening throughout the day!
*Vendors MUST AGREE TO REMAIN operational until the Festival ends at 5:00pm.
*Tents are REQUIRED. Green Ossining does not provide tables, chairs or tents. Assigned vendors spaces may be on pavement or lawn areas. Due to the proximity of the park to the Hudson River and potential windy conditions, tents must be secured with sandbags or other weighted anchoring equipment (lawn stakes are not reliable and some vendors may be on pavement surfaces).
*No vehicles will be allowed on the lawn area or within the Festival grounds.
*Application submission is not an assurance of participation. We reserve the right to select vendors based on variety and whose values are in most in line with our mission “To promote environmental sustainability community-wide, and develop practical methods that protect our natural resources.” Since space is limited, variety of vendors will also be a factor.
We will notify you within a week of registration should your application be declined.
We ask that you abide by our rules to help make the Earth Day Festival successful for everyone.
PROHIBITED ITEMS: The following items are NOT allowed at ANYTIME during the Festival: If prohibited items are present, used or sold, the vendor may be asked leave the Festival grounds immediately, and may not be invited back in the future
– Single-Use Plastic Bags: Please stock up on paper bags or boxes
– Single-Use Plastic Bottles: Water jugs will be available at Green Ossining table for your eco friendly bottle refill.
– Plastic “give-aways” typically used for marketing purposes
– Mass marketing “give-aways”: Please refrain from offering knickknacks/doodads/trinkets/baubles unless they are functional and associated with Earth Day. Items must be environmentally friendly. Please contact us to be certain that they will be allowable.
– Silly String
– Toy or water guns
– Firecrackers, poppers, explosive devices
– Any illegal items
ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR FOOD VENDORS
– Food Permit: You must have a food permit available in your booth. Please contact the Westchester Board of Health if you need a temporary permit for our event
– Zero Waste: All food vendors must comply with our zero-waste efforts. This means all cutlery/plates/straws/bowls/cups must be compostable or recylable. (If you need a supplier for these items, check out Eco Products, or Greenstaurant.) We request that you encourage and remind each visitor to dispose of all waste at our Zero Waste Station.
– Single-Serve Packaged Snacks: The sale of single-serve, packaged snacks (chips, cookies, etc.) is prohibited unless all packaging is compostable.
– Garbage Pails: Your booth must have three small garbage pails for only your use that the public should not be able to see or use. Please have one each for:
1. Compostable items: food scraps (minus meat/dairy products), compostable cutlery/plates/cups etc.;
2. Recyclables: paper or tin items
3. Garbage. We will make rounds and empty your individual garbage pails for you
QUESTIONS? Email us
PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://greenossining.wufoo.com/forms/xs8k47u0u2xmq5/
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 28, 2018 or before should we reach capacity.